DE LEON Funeral services for Johnnye Zena Howell, 73, of De Leon, will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at Nowlin Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Varence Dupre officiating. Burial will follow at Downing Cemetery.

He died Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, at his home.

He was born March 23, 1934, in Bartlett to Earl and Mary Brown Howell. On Aug. 16, 1985, he was married to Emily Stephens in Houston.

Survivors include his wife Emily of De Leon; son, Duane Howell of Austin; stepsons, John VanBibber and Stephen VanBibber, both of De Leon; daughters, Tina Geiselbrecht of Florence, Texas, and Debaroh Simpson of Converse; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, E. H. Howell and Larry Howell.